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Bruce C Denardo

Associate Professor
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2952
Other Experience
  • 1993 - 1998 Assistant Research Professor, National Center for Physical Acoustics, University of Mississippi
  • 1993 - 1998 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Mississippi
Research Interests
I have two areas of research that often overlap. One is forefront research in the areas of acoustics, nonlinear waves, and fluid dynamics. The other is educational physics research in experimental physics, analytical theory, computational physics, lecture demonstrations, and educational laboratory experiments. In my research on acoustics and nonlinear waves, current projects include parametric excitation of sound, which may have applications to practical devices that employ high intensity sound, and the possibility of a new kind of laser that operates due to a parametric instability. Recent research includes a search for microwave radiation in sonoluminescence, and the theoretical discovery of new types of solitons in sandstone. Current projects in my educational research that overlap with forefront research include bubbles causing a floating body to sink, and nonradiating wave sources in one dimension.
Teaching Interests
My main teaching interests are in the "core" physics courses (mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics), at all levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced). I am also interested in acoustics, fluid mechanics, and nonlinear dynamics and waves. I have extensive teaching experience, which began with lecturing at UCLA as a graduate student and teaching at Santa Monica College, and continued at the University of Mississippi and the National Center for Physical Acoustics, and now at the Naval Postgraduate School. I believe in an active classroom environment in which students are encouraged and challenged to discuss physics. To accomplish this, I teach with much enthusiasm, perform many demonstrations, and always strive to relate physics to common experiences and to occurrences in the news. In addition to my teaching and research activities, I supervise the physics lecture demonstration laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. I have written two mechanics laboratory manuals, a lecture demonstrations manual, and a 250-page solutions manual to Goldstein\u2019s Classical Mechanics.


  • 2001 - Naval Postgraduate School Instructional Recognition Award, Naval Postgraduate School

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Professional Memberships
  • 2015 - 2016 American Association of Physics Teachers